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					 SMC Academic Senate
  Ad Hoc Committee on
Interdisciplinary Studies

 Report and Recommendation

       April 18, 2006
       Scope & Function of
       Ad Hoc Committee:
• to explore the most appropriate
  institutional arrangements to
  – best support SMC’s current and future
    multi- & interdisciplinary studies programs
    & curricula
    • (e.g., Women’s Studies, Women’s College, Center for
      Environmental & Urban Studies, Environmental Studies,
      Urban Studies, Service-Learning Program, Ethnic
      Studies, Gender Studies, timely topic courses, …)
  Composition of Committee
• 10 active faculty members
• 9 “interested faculty” participants
  – These 19 members came from:
    •   Communications
    •   Earth Sciences
    •   English
    •   ESL
    •   History
    •   Library
    •   Life Sciences
    •   Philosophy
    •   Social Sciences
               Summary
• The committee recommends the creation
  of a Department of Interdisciplinary
  Studies
  – to support and enhance the intellectual,
    professional, and personal growth of
    students and faculty at SMC
               Definitions
• Multidisciplinary:
  – two or more disciplines are organized
    around a common theme or topic
  – different disciplines are used as "lenses" to
    explore a problem or issue
    • Examples: Women’s College, Center for
      Environmental and Urban Studies, paired
      courses, learning communities, ...
                Definitions
• Interdisciplinary:
  – two or more disciplines are integrated and
    complement each other in the exploration of
    subject matter
  – teaching cuts across disciplines
     • Examples: Women’s Studies, Environmental
       Studies, Urban Studies, Ethnic Studies, Media
       Studies, …
  Why Interdisciplinary Studies?
• addressing community needs
  – few courses/programs explore and develop
    the connections that cut across disciplines
• students benefit from both
  – specialized knowledge in disciplines &
  – how the disciplines intersect

• Interdisciplinary Studies provide this
  integrated learning environment
  Why Interdisciplinary Studies?
• trend toward interdisciplinary studies in
  higher education & interdisciplinary
  careers
• Santa Monica College has an obligation
  to facilitate access, entry, and success
  for students in interdisciplinary fields.
                Rank                          Program                       Students
                 1     Business Administration & Management                    15,823
                 2     Liberal Arts & Sciences, Gen. Studies & Humanities       7,604

20 most          3     Psychology                                               6,445

                 4     Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies                       4,388
popular          5     Sociology                                                3,737

Baccalaureate    6     Biology, General                                         3,378
                 7     English Language and Literature, General                 3,234
degrees          8     Political Science and Government                         3,184


awarded from     9
                 10
                       Fine Arts and Art Studies
                       Economics
                                                                                2,980
                                                                                2,631

CA public        11
                 12
                       History
                       Computer Science
                                                                                2,549
                                                                                2,542
institutions     13    Communications, General                                  2,417
                 14    Criminal Justice and Corrections                         1,828
                 15    Electrical, Electronics and Communications               1,770
                            Engineering
 (2004)          16    General Teacher Education                                1,683
                 17    Health and Physical Education/Fitness                    1,488
                 18    Nursing                                                  1,456
                 19    Speech and Rhetorical Studies                            1,254
                 20    Business/Managerial Economics                            1,098
          Why a DEPARTMENT?
    (and not just a “program” or “center”)
•   A department
    – provides a “home base,”
    – provides equitable voice & funding, and
    – legitimizes and institutionalizes IDS
      •   current programs & courses are orphans and
          are marginalized
    – increases effective & efficient use of
      college resources
      •   current configuration: meager, piecemeal, disarray
    – provides students (and faculty) with
      appropriate support
    What is the Department of
    Interdisciplinary Studies?
• comprised of:
  – academic programs currently “standing
    alone”
    • Women’s College / Women’s Studies,
    • Environmental and Urban Studies,
    • Service-Learning Program
  – individual courses/curricula which are
    fundamentally interdisciplinary
    What is the Department of
    Interdisciplinary Studies?
• Goal:
  – to facilitate & promote the academic &
    intellectual experience of students and
    faculty through:
    • multi- and interdisciplinary curriculum
      development and delivery
    • academic events
    • leadership opportunities
    • community-based experiential & service-learning
    What is the Structure of the
       Department of IDS?
        (What programs belong?)
• association of multi- & interdisciplinary
  programs and courses
  – programs (and courses) would be
    autonomous in critical decision making
    (hiring, curriculum, …)
  – share resources (department chair,
    secretary, equipment, …)
• 5 major elements
                         Interdisciplinary
                         “Stand-Alone”
                            Courses




   Learning
 Communities /
                                                         Experiential
Paired Courses /
                                                          Education
 Block Courses
 with emphasis           Department of
    or theme            Interdisciplinary
                             Studies




         Interdisciplinary
            Academic                           Stand-Alone
             Degree                             Programs
            Programs                         (Multidisciplinary)
           (AS or AA)
Interdisciplinary
   Academic
    Degree
   Programs
  (AS or AA)
Enhances potential for:
  – ensuring required course
    offerings
  – development of additional
    degree programs

                                     Interdisciplinary
                                     Academic Degree
    Women’s Studies AA
                                         Programs
      (established)
                                        (AS or AA)


 Environmental Studies AS / AA
          (pending)
                                                   Ethnic Studies AA
                         Urban Studies AA              (future)
                             (future)
   Learning
 Communities /
Paired Courses /
 Block Courses
 with emphasis           Department of
    or theme            Interdisciplinary
                             Studies




         Interdisciplinary
            Academic
             Degree
            Programs
           (AS or AA)
         Race & Ethnicity
                                     Media

  Borderland
                                              Enhances potential for:
Environment            Learning Communities
                                               – team teaching
                        / Paired Courses /       across (not just within)
                       Block Courses with        disciplines
                       emphasis or theme
Global
                            (examples)         – student “cohorts”
                                                 moving through
                                                 programs together
      Gender
                                               – responding to
                                                 community desires
               Sexuality                         for curricula
                         Interdisciplinary
                         “Stand-Alone”
                            Courses




   Learning
 Communities /
Paired Courses /
 Block Courses
 with emphasis           Department of
    or theme            Interdisciplinary
                             Studies




         Interdisciplinary
            Academic
             Degree
            Programs
           (AS or AA)
                           Interdisciplinary Studies XX
                                     (future)



 Environmental Studies 7                                  Women’s Studies 10


                               Interdisciplinary
                               “Stand-Alone”                    Urban Studies 8
                                  Courses
                                   (examples)

Enhances potential for:
   – diverse teaching from varied & multiple perspectives
   – development of additional curricular offerings
                         Interdisciplinary
                         “Stand-Alone”
                            Courses




   Learning
 Communities /
                                             Experiential
Paired Courses /
                                              Education
 Block Courses
 with emphasis           Department of
    or theme            Interdisciplinary
                             Studies




         Interdisciplinary
            Academic
             Degree
            Programs
           (AS or AA)
                                        Service-Learning
                                          (reestablish)




                                              Field Study
                Experientia
                l Education
                                         Cooperative Education


                                      Course-Based Internship
Enhances potential for:
   – institutionalizing learning that directly engages learner
   – students to test skills and facts, sharpen problem-
     solving, & work collaboratively
                         Interdisciplinary
                         “Stand-Alone”
                            Courses

   Learning
 Communities /
Paired Courses /                                       Experiential
 Block Courses                                          Education
 with emphasis
    or theme             Department of
                        Interdisciplinary
                             Studies




         Interdisciplinary
           Academic                          Stand-Alone
            Degree                            Programs
                                             (Multidisciplinary)
           Programs
           (AS or AA)
Enhances potential for:
  – strengthening and developing program depth & breath
  – more effective use of concentrated resources
  – equitable voice

                                   Ethnic Studies Center
                                          (future)
           Stand-Alone
            Programs
           (Multidisciplinary)           Center for
                                    Environmental and
                                      Urban Studies /
                                   Environmental College
                                        (established)
               Women’s College /
               Women’s Center
                   (established)
                                                         Interdisciplinary Studies XX
                                                                    (future)


                             Environmental Studies 07                                   Women’s Studies 10



                                                              Interdisciplinary               Urban Studies 8
                Race & Ethnicity                             “Stand-Alone”
                                            Media
                                                                Courses
                                                                                                                    Service-Learning
        Borderland                                              (examples)                                            (reestablish)

                                    Learning
     Environment                 Communities /                                                                           Field Study
                                Paired Courses /                                             Experiential
                               Block Courses with
                               emphasis or theme                                              Education              Cooperative Education
      Global
                                                               Department of
                                    (examples)                Interdisciplinary
                                                                   Studies
               Gender
                                                                                                                  Course-Based Internship
                                                                 --chair
                                                                 --secretary
                        Sexuality
                                                                                                                   Ethnic Studies Center
                                                                                                                          (future)
                                          Interdisciplinary
                                                                                  Stand-Alone
                                            Academic                               Programs
     Women’s Studies AA
       (established)                         Degree                               (Multidisciplinary)
                                            Programs                                                             Environmental College/
                                                                                                                Center for Environmental
Environmental Studies AS / AA                                                                                      and Urban Studies
         (pending)                                                                                                    (established)
                                                        Ethnic Studies AA                Women’s College /
                              Urban Studies AA               (future)                    Women’s Center
                                  (future)                                                 (established)
City College of San Francisco
    Interdisciplinary Studies
           Department

http://www.ccsf.edu/Departments/IDST/

				
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